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David Mundell on Lockerbie bombing developments

David Mundell on Lockerbie bombing developments Credit: PA

An enormous amount of work's gone on since the fall of Gadafi and there's always been a question over access in Libya. It looks now that it will be possible to bring these individuals in for questioning so that is very much to be welcomed.

What the bereaved families want to know is what happened and why that plane was targeted. That has always been their overriding concern and anything that brings us closer to that is good news

– David Mundell MP

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Mundell: New income tax powers for Scottish Parliament should be in place by 2017

Scottish Secretary and South of Scotland MP David Mundell Credit: ITV Border

Scottish Secretary and South of Scotland MP David Mundell says new income tax powers for the Scottish Parliament should be in place in 2017, a year earlier than planned.

Talking at the Conservative Party conference he told ITV that the UK Government wants to see the new powers come into force as soon as possible.

But the SNP say the Bill fails to meet promises made in the post-referendum Smith Commission and they will not support any deal which would leave Scotland worse off.

Foodbank trust: Mundell 'brave' to attend opening

It was NOT a mistake to invite Scotland's only Conservative MP to the opening of a new foodbank, according to the Trussell Trust.

The charity's Scotland Network Manager says they invited local elected politicians from all the major political parties, and that David Mundell was "brave" to attend the event:

I was glad that he came to the foodbank today, I was glad that he made an effort to be here.

It was a brave move, and a bold move. He's had a lot of negative feedback about being at the launch of the Peebleshire foodbank, and I was happy to welcome him today.

I wasn't asking people to agree with his politics, I wasn't asking them to agree with his view on the Scotland Bill, or the Budget.

I was asking people to welcome him as a human being, and I think he came today to represent his constituents, many of whom are going to have to use this foodbank."

– Ewan Gurr, Scotland Network Manager

Protestor slams 'ridiculous' Mundell

A protestor has called Conservative MP David Mundell "ridiculous", after he attended the opening of a foodbank in Dumfries.

Lesley-Anne McLelland was part of a group of around 50 campaigners, who surrounded the Scottish Secretary's car as he left the event, chanting "shame on you":

David Mundell is coming to open a foodbank today, and in the past he has made the ridiculous claim that there is no link between austerity and foodbanks.

I just find it absolutely ridiculous that somebody in his position can A, say that, and B, come along and open a foodbank.

– Lesley-Anne McLelland, protestor

Mr Mundell says he's disappointed the issue of foodbanks has become politicised, and that he's determined to help everyone in his constituency - whatever their political beliefs.

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Protestors swarm Mundell's car at foodbank opening

Protestors swarmed around Conservative MP David Mundell's car today, as he opened a new foodbank in Dumfries.

As he attempted to leave the premises through the back door, around 50 people surrounded his car, many with placards criticising the Conservative Party.

Police escorted David Mundell's car through the crowd. Credit: ITV Border
Police escorted David Mundell's car through the crowd. Credit: ITV Border
The protestors say Conservative policies mean more foodbanks are needed. Credit: ITV Border
The protestors say Conservative policies mean more foodbanks are needed. Credit: ITV Border

The protestors have called his visit hypocritical, because they say changes to the welfare system are increasing the need for foodbanks.

But Mr Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, says he was invited to the opening, and denies the link between his party's welfare reforms and foodbanks.

David Mundell to open Dumfries foodbank

David Mundell MP. Credit: PA

Conservative MP David Mundell is to open a new foodbank in Dumfries today.

It will be the second foodbank in the town, and will be based at the Apex Centre.

However, the Scottish Secretary's presence has drawn criticism from his political opponents, who say the Government's welfare policies are leading to an increased use of foodbanks.

Mr. Mundell has denied that claim.

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